|'Lessons From a Bird's Nest' 5x7 pastel ©Karen Margulis sold|
It occurred to me that the thoughts I shared with her about painting a nest could easily be applied to painting other subjects. No matter what we choose to paint, it helps to see the big picture and build the nest (painting) from the strong simple shapes before getting caught up in the detail. Here are some tips:
|'The Empty Nesters' 11x14 pastel|
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- Look at the Big Picture. How will you place the subject? What are the simple underlying shapes?
- Don't start with the straw! You weave in the details later in the painting process. These bits and pieces will need a structure to hold them together. Block in the big shapes first and connect your value shapes whenever you can....this is the glue that holds the painting together.
- Gradually build up your painting to the finish. Incrementally add and refine your shapes until you get to the level of detail that you are happy with.
- Take chances and trust your instincts. Play with color and texture and weave them into your painting.
- Stop when you have said enough. Once your nest is built and you have decorated it with some details...step away. You don't need to put in every piece of straw for the painting to say 'Nest'.